On Saturday, December 10, 2016, the Victorian Chapter of Democrats Abroad Australia held a meeting at the Kingston Hotel in Richmond. The focus of the meeting was to plan for the future in growing member engagement, encouraging people to remain politically active during the Trump presidency, and supporting each other through social events.
Stay tuned for next steps!
Lots of people are starting to ask "Where's my ballot?” Here some helpful answers from Democrats Abroad, to ensure that every ballot counts towards victories in the White House, Congress and beyond.
Requesting Your Ballot
If you have not yet requested your ballot (states are no longer required to automatically send ballots), you urgently need to do so via www.votefromabroad.org. Many states' deadlines to register are approaching in early October. Find out your state's registration deadlines.
Have you checked your email for your ballot?
Ballots are either on their way or have started to arrive. A number of states are now sending their ballots by email, so check your in box and spam folders! Contact your local election officials to see if your ballot has been sent.
FWABs are your best ballot friend
If you have not received your ballot by the 1st week of October, complete a Federal Write In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). A FWAB is back-up, and in some states can also serve as a voter registration form. If your regular absentee ballot arrives later, fill it out and send it back too. Your FWAB will be counted only if your regular ballot doesn’t reach your local election officials by your state’s deadline.
Sending your ballot back
Sometimes it's due on Election Day, sometimes it has to be postmarked on Election Day. Sometimes you can return by fax, sometimes by mail. Know how and when to return your ballot to your state office.
You can drop off your ballot request and ballot at the US Consulate for free. Allow for 7 days to reach the States. Allow for enough time at the Consulate to go through security. **Maybe** FedEx will once again offer free service to send in absentee ballots. Watch this space.
Don’t reply this email. Your local state election officials should be your first point of call. Consult the VoteFromAbroad Help Desk for resources and to send in a question. The following US Consulates also offer voter assistance:
Why is Washington DC calling me?
If you get a call from a 202 number, it's not the White House. It's a friendly call from Democrats Abroad Australia about absentee ballot voting. And you're welcome to make some calls to DA Australia members - our current campaign is contacting members voting in battleground states.
Join us for a peaceful protest march to raise our voices with in solidarity with those marching in Washington DC and around the world.
Democrats Abroad NSW is joining forces with other community organisations in Sydney. We march in support of equal rights. We march for fair and civil treatment of women, minorities and immigrants. We march against the hatred and bigotry that have been so tragically present in world politics this year. We want to provide an opportunity for everyone who is distressed and outraged by the recent political events in the US, and around the world, to voice their dissent against sexism, racism and bigotry.
11:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday 21 January
Meet at the Reflecting Pool, Hyde Park. Speakers to be announced. March to MLC Centre in Martin Place.
Following the march, we'll gather at the Angel Hotel, 125 Pitt St, to toast the Obamas and discuss future actions.
Join us for a peaceful protest march to raise our voices in solidarity with those marching in Washington DC and around the world. Be part of one of the 616 Sister Marches happening all across the globe!
The Victorian Chapter of Democrats Abroad Australia is joining forces with other community organisations to march in support of equal rights. We march for fair and civil treatment of women, minorities and immigrants. We march against the hatred and bigotry that have been so tragically present in world politics this year. We want to provide an opportunity for everyone who is distressed and outraged by the recent political events in the US, and around the world, to voice their dissent against sexism, racism and bigotry.
Saturday 21 January
Rally point: State Library of Victoria. Look for Hillary and Barack at the Democrats Abroad table.
Following the march, join other Democrats Abroad at Beer Deluxe, Fed Square.
For more info and to register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/womens-march-on-melbourne-tickets-30790061904?aff=es2
Follow the March on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/146864325786090/
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